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The AOP has been a campaigning body since it's inception as AFAP (Association of Fashion and Advertising Photographers) in 1968, when photographers got together and spoke as a united voice against model agencies and their fees. There have been a number of victories, but none greater than the change in legislation which resulted in the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988, and more recently the removal of Clause 43 (Orphan Works) from the Digital Economy Bill.

Every victory depends on our working with other likeminded groups such as

Representation is made to the Intellectual Property Office (IPO), or the issuing Government Department, and the EU Commission when consultation papers are issued on proposed legislation which may affect photographers and their livelihoods, and when draft legislation is circulated for comment.

Where necessary, we lobby and issue briefings when legislation is debated through the two Houses (Commons and Lords)


Copyright exceptions Lords debate 29th July 2014 -

Orphan Works consultation reply February 2014 -

Technical consultation on extended collective licensing - January 2014 -

Draft legislation for a new exception for private copying - July 2013 -

Repeal of S52 of the CDPA 1988 - November 2013 -

Draft legislation for a new exception for parody - July 2013 -

Draft legislation for a new exception for quotation - July 2013 -

Proposed changes to child model licenses - August 2012

AOP: DCE Feasibility consultation - April 2012

Proposed changes to child model licenses - August 2012

PCC Small claims track call for evidence - April 2012

AOP reply to Copyright Consultation - March 2012

AOP Response to the Hargreaves Review on IP Report - May 2011

Submission to Hargreaves by the Association of Photographers - March 2011

The Association's response to Hargreaves' Call For Evidence - March 2011

Campaigns Update: Orphan Works; Protection of IP Rights Online Inquiry; Independent Review of IP and Growth - December 2010

Moral Rights - An AOP Presentation to the Strategic Advisory Board for Intellectual Property - March 2010

Digital Economy Bill - Report Stage briefing - February 2010

Digital Economy Bill - briefing paper for the Lord Puttnam - December 2009

Reply to the request for information regarding the Attribution Right Assertion formality - August 2009

SABIP – Strategic Priorities for Copyright - May 2009

© The Future - Developing a Copyright Agenda for the 21st century - February 2009

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